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BOWLING GREEN, KY  42101

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Governor Proclaims September Preparedness Month

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Buddy Rogers, KYEM Tel. 502-607-1611

               Michael Embry, KOHS Tel. 502-564-2081

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sept. 3, 2014 – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky.

 

Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN.”

 

“Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property year-round thanks to tornadoes, flooding, winter storms and even man-made hazards,” Gov. Beshear said. “Just since I took office, Kentuckians have endured 11 federally-declared disasters. Every household should be prepared with food, shelter and emergency plans for every member of the family.”

 

A disaster can occur anytime, anywhere in Kentucky. In fact, cleanup and damage assessments continue in Floyd and Johnson counties from recent thunderstorms. Heavy rain there forced evacuations and damaged dozens of homes. Fortunately no one was hurt.

 

“We urge Kentuckians to be prepared for any emergency or disaster,” said Gene Kiser, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “Supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries, radios and first aid kits are easy to store, and can be lifesavers when a crisis hits. A communication plan with family, friends and neighbors is also important. Emergency situations can happen any time, any place, so it is smart to be prepared.”

 

Although state and local governments are ready to assist the public during emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home, said Michael E. Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

 

“In the event of large-scale disasters, it may take time for local and state resources to respond to each community,” Dossett said. “Disasters such as the massive statewide ice storm in 2009, flooding in 2011 and tornadoes in spring 2012 taught us the value of individual and family preparedness.”

 

Dossett said educating and preparing citizens is important, which is why Gov. Beshear, Kentucky Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management are joining together to offer preparedness tips.

 

PLANNING FOR DISASTER:

 

Be Aware: • Stay informed about risks in your communities and monitor weather forecasts.

 • Own and monitor a battery backed-up NOAA Weather Alert Radio. During threatening weather, stay tuned to your local broadcast stations.

• Discuss conditions with family members, and know their locations during dangerous weather.

 

Be Prepared: • Discuss known risks with family members and neighbors.

 • Develop and review your emergency plan periodically for necessary updates.

 • Refresh your emergency kit(s) periodically. A kit should have enough food, water and medications for five days.

• Drill: practice your plan with household members.

 

Have a plan: • Utilities - Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

• Shelter - Identify safe locations within your residence.

• Contacts - Written contact information for relatives, neighbors, utility companies,

employers/employees and local emergency contact telephone numbers.

 • Evacuate - Predetermine evacuation routes. Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, such as a friend or relative's home in another town, a motel or shelter.

 • Children - Make backup plans for children in case you (or they) can’t get home in an emergency

 • Vehicles - Keep jumper cables in vehicle at all times.

   Maintain at least a half tank of fuel in vehicles.

   Move vehicles away from under trees during possible wind events.

   Keep an emergency kit in all vehicles.

   During winter months, keep a blanket and bag of kitty litter in the trunk.

• Medications - prepare a list of all prescription drugs.

• Share your plan with others, including friends or relatives in another region or even another state.

 

Make a kit: • First aid kit and essential medications (to include prescription medicines).

 • Canned food and can opener

 • At least three gallons of water per person .

• Protective clothing, rainwear and bedding or sleeping bags

• Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries

 • Waterproof matches and candles

• Local phone book

• Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members

 • Extra set of car keys

 

For additional preparedness information, visit www.ready.gov and Kentucky Emergency Management at www.kyem.ky.gov. Follow @KYEMPIO on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and sign up for text alerts.

 

See Governor’s proclamation at http://kyem.ky.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx

 

NOTICE: The Bowling Green/Warren County 800 Agency has applied for a New 800

                Radio Antenna registration located at 12695 Morgantown Rd, Bowling

                Green, Ky.  Questions or comments can be forwarded to the Owner

                information below.

             

General Information

File Number: A0897667             Registration Number:

 

Date Received: 04/09/2014

 

Purpose: Application for the registration of a new antenna structure

 

Status: Pending

 

National Notice Date: 04/23/2014

Owner Information

WARREN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Attn: Bowling Green/Warren Co. 800 Radio  Agency 
429 1/2 East 10th Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Phone: (270) 781-8776

Fax: (270) 843-5300

E-mail: rpearson@wcem.org

Antenna Structure

Latitude: 37° 03' 54.5" N

Longitude: 086° 36' 57.3" W

Structure Location: 12695 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101

 

Overall AGL Height: 91.4 m

FAA Study Number: 2014-ASO-1766-OE

Date Issued: 03/17/2014



  Tornado Safety Tips
Have a plan.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio
Have a disaster kit.
Check weather conditions thru local media often.
 Tornado Safety
Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma
 
There is no such thing as guaranteed safety inside a tornado. Prevention and practice before the storm: At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below.
 
Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes; so store protective coverings (e.g., mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds' notice. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy. Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings. Forget about the old notion of opening windows to equalize pressure; the tornado will blast open the windows for you! If you shop frequently at certain stores, learn where there are bathrooms, storage rooms or other interior shelter areas away from windows, and the shortest ways to get there. All administrators of schools, shopping centers, nursing homes, hospitals, sports arenas, stadiums, mobile home communities and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, close-by shelter area. Schools and office building managers should regularly run well-coordinated drills. If you are planning to build a house, consider an underground tornado shelter or an interior "safe room".
 
Know the signs of a tornado
Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Besides an obviously visible tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
Ý Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
Ý Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
Ý Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
Ý Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, this doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder
Ý Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Ý Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
 
WHAT TO DO
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bathtub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and facedown, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and facedown on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small-enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch facedown and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.
 
AFTER THE TORNADO
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials. 
 
 
Tornado Safety Press Release
April 2013
 
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National Weather Service
Share Holders Report
April 2013
 
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flooded road with Turn Around Don't Drown sign

http://www.weather.gov/os/water/XWATER/PAM/VIDEOS/30SEC/30SEC.MPG

       

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Class 10 Insurance Rating Survey

Our Emergency Management Agency is working with the 
Volunteer Fire Departments to lower the fire rating  
classification (and thus reduce insurance premiums) for  
the few areas in Warren County who currently have an ISO 
rating of 10 (the maximum rating which equates to the 
maximum insurance premium charge). Your assistance in  
completing an insurance survey is being requested.
 
Click here for a copy of that form --> http://goo.gl/5Qw4Q.
 
We appreciate your assistance to our Emergency Management Agency and Volunteer Fire Departments as we work to provide better fire service to all of Warren County.

 

 

 

 

 

It is that time of year again, that we need to think about the safety of our families thru the storm season and all emergencies.  "Resolve to Be Ready" is a program to help individuals think about  and prepare for all disasters. The South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a "21 week disaster kit plan" , to prepare a disaster kit for your family.

 
 
 Active shooter what can I do ?
FEMA Independant study Courses i s offering this online course to help employee's and individuals on what to do, in the event they enciounter an active shooter.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Preparedness
A message from Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM).
“Although the state and local governments are expected to assist the public during times of emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home. In the event of large scale disasters the government may be unable to respond immediately."
"Be prepared! You should have at least a three day supply of food and water for each member of your family, along with essentials such as: medicines, flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies, etc.”
"Have a plan and practice it. Share your plan with relatives, friends and someone you know living in another state."
 

 

 

Lightning: What You Need to Know
NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter.
• Safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped
vehicle.
• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of
thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety Tips
• Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put
you in direct contact with electricity.
• Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
• Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
• Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
 
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but if you are caught
outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
• NEVER lie flat on the ground
• NEVER use a tree for shelter
• NEVER use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of
water
• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power
lines, windmills, etc.)
• UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should ANY of the above actions be
taken if a building or an all-metal vehicle is nearby
If Someone Is Struck
• Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical
attention.
• Monitor the victim and begin CPR or AED, if necessary.
• Call 911 for help.

 

 

 

 

 

 






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